OPS — Innocent Classroom

Innocent Classroom 1

Noted writer, scholar and educator, Alexs Pate, guides you through a truly transformative experience — creating more meaningful and effective connections with your students. The results are deeper, more authentic student-teacher relationships that, in turn, lead to a greatly enhanced learning environment.

Alexs’s energetic, practical approach promotes collaborative problem-solving and a new shared language. You and your colleagues work together to unearth cultural stereotypes that can weigh students down with low expectations and poor self-esteem. As you apply your new way of relating, students learn how to connect to their own natural innocence, innate curiosity, and creativity.

These powerful breakthrough experiences lead to a reinvention of how you see and interact with your students — and the world. Rich, provocative, life changing. This class is a big step toward becoming a more effective educator than you ever thought possible.

“This is a program that can be applied to any classroom and many children… It totally turns your perspective around when it comes to dealing with kids — especially kids of poverty, kids of color and kids of need. It is something that can be used throughout all dealings with people, not just with students.”
— Participant

Innocent Classroom 2: In Practice

Presenter Alexs Pate leads you through systematic approaches for designing “innocent” environments, building upon your skills learned in Innocent Classroom 1. This deeper conversation refines your ability to identify and eliminate underlying biases that hurt children and undermine their success.

Alexs leads a collaborative class effort where participants improve their ability to discern what “good” motivates students. Using new insights, you learn to see struggling students differently — focusing on the potential, not the problem. This experience is all about being hands-on, hearts-in and brains-engaged in your effort to create an environment that runs on respect and fosters empathy. Unbelievably rewarding and future-altering. You’ll notice a newfound spring to your step as you return to school with a new bag of “good” ideas.

“We imagine that because of you, students can enter the classroom as enthusiastic, thirsty children who will want to perform at the highest level of their individual capacity.”
— Alexs Pate

Innocent Classroom Cohorts

Innocent Classroom 1 (1 Immersion Day and 5 Cohort Sessions)

Immersion Day: Saturday, September 9
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Hilton Omaha

Tuesday Cohort Sessions: September 12, September 26, October 10, November 7, and December 5
Wednesday Cohort Sessions: September 13, September 27, October 11, November 8, and December 6
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Hilton Omaha and DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Stipend: $350, includes parking and dinner

Innocent Classroom 2: In Practice (5 Cohort Sessions)
Prerequisite: Innocent Classroom 1
Dates: Mondays, September 11, September 25, October 9, November 6, and December 4
Time: 5:30 – 8  p.m.
Location: Hilton Omaha
Stipend: $250, includes parking and dinner